The first surprise is that it seems that there is nothing there: the same citrus orchards (with orange trees, I think), the same sunburnt hills ... And some vegetation on the right-hand side. If not for the wooden stairs, like the kind that are placed on beaches and parks, and for the number of parked cars, I could pass by this place completely unaware. The only vegetation is the Ribeira da Asseca, which is what brings the water to the waterfall. Apparently, the rocks through which the water flows are really old, which explains that the brook runs through a sort of miniature canyon, several meters below the level of the surrounding terrain. The fall is not very high, but quite spectacular due to the shape of the rocks, which have been worn down after millions of years of patient erosion. Http :/ / lugaresadescubrir.Blogspot.Com/2009/07/pego-do-inferno.Html
Tavira Island is an awesome place with miles of pristine beaches, with golden sand dunes and good waves for surfing. Boats leave for Tavira every half hour throughout the day, the last returns at 12. The price is 3 € for a round trip. However, there is no parking for cars. The boat stops at the Ria Formosa, where there is a quiet beach, with trees that provide some shade. If you follow the road, you will see a few fishermen's houses, some shops (souvenir shops and restaurants) and camp sites. Then you get to the beach. What caught our attention was the fact that there is no area for umbrellas and towels. It is very busy when you first walk onto the beach. But if you keep walking, is much quieter, less crowded and you can find people sunbathing nude and fishing. It is a stunning place
In Tavira, it is as though time stops completely. When you fall asleep on the beach it seems like it´s been hours, when it´s only been 20 minutes. It is a unique place, generally hidden and overpopulated with mosquitoes. Peace and tranquility overcome anyone traveling here.
This is a very nice beach, and in the main part (it is very long) you'll find there's barely anyone there. There is a small train that takes you (for just one euro each way) from the city to a little tourism complex, passing through the marshes, the "Ria Formosa Natural Park". You can also walk there, and if you are able to do so, we advise it; it's an easy walk and the trails and landscapes are very interesting. In the complex there are a couple of interesting things, like the bar, but above all there's a very interesting cemetery with anchors.
The Castle has a small garden wall and a very special inside. You can not miss if you visit Tavira, because even though it is small, it has lots of charm. You can climb to the top of the walls and enjoy splendid views of the harbor and city. But be careful because it is mostly going down, so if you suffer from vertigo you can have a bad time. It has steep stairs without handrails for support.
Walking around Praça da República we went to the Puente Romano and we saw a white pillar painted in the colors of the city shield. It also had an inscription honoring those killed during the 1383-1385 political crisis when the defense of the bridge lead to victory in the struggle for independence from Portugal. Just across the Puente Romano you can almost smell the sea with a twist, old houses, some almost in ruins but with beautiful railings and many plants, some completely shelled by time and moisture, but some with flowers pots, umbrellas and very white paint. The back stairs overlook the special river - it is as clean and quiet as the Gilao and it was there that I gave it the name of the "Venice" of Tavira. (Data are from the Municipal House on the Plaza.)
Located on the island of Tavira in the Algarve region of Portugal, there is a beach (Praia do Barril) where you can find more than two hundred rusty anchors. Although the anchors have been purposefully placed out by the locals, the cemetery has the charm of an abandoned place. The anchors are from the old tuna vessels that aren´t used anymore due to lack of resources over the past several years. Today, the island basically thrives from tourism and nothing much remains, besides this strange cemetery, of the old times.
This public garden is the oldest in Tavira since its construction began in 1890, in front of the Marché de Ribeira (Mercado de la Ribera). It's a beautiful botanical garden with various types of trees, flowers and shrubs such as Bird of Paradise with orange flowers, hibiscus, privet, oleander, laurel, tamarind, garden plum, pine, rubber tree, cypress, oak, poppies, palms and many more species. It has wide sidewalks with a typical Portuguese walkway and large planters. Various local festivals are held here and it's a meeting point for city inhabitants. In the center is the Kiosk.
We got here after taking a very long drive, with a great amount of kilometers of land, thorns and sand, as I told you in our adventure to get to Island Camping Tavira Park. This club which history goes back to the 1950s with the practice of sailing, it was one of several regional centers of this type until finally it was founded in 1993, with the main activity area of skills in this sport. It began to hold a wide variety of sailing competitions, currently regional, national and international, Fishing, Hunting and Fishing, swimming and canoeing. It offers a Bar, a Sailing School, Nautical Charts and tractor ramps for partners and many other amenities. From here we are going to the pier to take the ferry to Tavira.
We reached here after a lengthy drive, miles of land, thorns and sand, as I told you in our adventure to get to Park Island Camping Tavira. This club with a history dating back to the 1950s was for sailing, and it was one of several regional centers of this type until finally it was founded in 1993. They began to organize a wide range of sailing championships, currently regional, national and international fishing, hunting and swimming and canoeing. On site there is a bar, sailing school, nautical charts and partner tractor ramps and other amenities. From here we headed to the pier to take the ferry to Tavira.
Tavira straddles the River Gilao and on the shore, in Rua José Pires Padinha, there are boat excursions and boats and vessels of all kinds. From here you can also tour the famous Ria Formosa, enjoy beautiful views, see the ancient Roman bridge of seven eyes near Marché da Ribeira (Ribeira Market) and walk over the pedestrian bridge linking the two sides. It's the phone company that is dedicated to this work, the website is the Posto de Turismo.
This tower was an old water tank of Alto de Santa María, built in June 1931, and which had been abandoned. It was adapted and turned into a tourist spot upon the installation of a camera obscura in 2004. This camera has a very simple principle, consisting of an optical mirror and two fixed magnification lenses, placed at the end of a tube located in a cavity at the top and outside of the tank, just like a periscope. This set-up captures vivid images and sends them into the Tower. It's a journey done in total darkness on a parabolic plane two meters in diameter and reflects, in real-time, everything that happens outside the old water tank. They say that it is the optical Photo principle that was used by Leonardo Da Vinci. The visit to this unique tourist spot lasts half an hour, costs three euros, and includes a history lesson available to be listened to in multiple languages.
This building was opened in 1887 and it was originally meant to be a Market Hall, with the aim of improving the sanitary conditions of the city and free up the old Constitution Square (Praça da República today) where the market took place under the arcades of the Municipal (City Hall). The final version of the project is the adaptation of Antonio Silva Meira, highlighting the design of facades which have a neoclassical style and the constructive solutions are mixed, combining stone masonry walls with an iron structure in support of hedges, which were the materials in use at the time of the industrial revolution. It was remodeled in 2000, turning it into a shopping center with all kinds of shops, especially food shops, and it also fulfills a cultural function. The interior has a Wi Fi area and in one of the places you can buy locally famous Flor de Sal. It can be found right next to the Puente Romano, so it is conviniently located for visitors.
This small temple was built in the eighteenth century, after the 1755 earthquake, and belonged to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of La Piedad. The door is identical to one of the doors of the Convent of Grace, and is decorated with a burning heart pierced by a dagger. Inside you can see a late Baroque altarpiece which integrates a painted depicting Our Lady of Mercy.
The origins of the Hospital of the Holy Spirit and Church date back to the fifteenth century. Following the earthquake of 1755 they had to be rebuilt, the church was completed in 1768. According to data collected the front of the facade of the church was planned by the teacher Pedreiro Diogo Tavares. Its plan is a unique octagonal nave of unequal sides and the main chapel or main altarpiece is an interesting specimen of painting carried out in a model simulating architecture, made by the painter Joaquim Rasquinho in 1805.
This river forms part of the Formosa estuary, and goes through the city giving visitors and residents a beautiful view. You can enjoy these views from looking over the rails of the Roman bridge or while having a cold drink at a small bar at the Ribera marketer the Republic Square where the bridge starts or ends (depending on how you look at it). It has inspired painters and poets who admired the waters that were crossed by fishers, the white gulls, the boat rides or just the beautiful sunsets and the buildings that are reflected onto the water. The data is from the Municipal House that can be found in the Republic Square.
This square is situated on the banks of Rio Gilao and the Roman Bridge where you can cross to the north bank of the river, gather around the old and elegant homes in the area. If we go south we find the old Marché of Ribeira (Mercado de la Ribera), which has become an important commercial center. This square contrasts with its modern style with old churches, towers, domes and medieval walls that surround it. It is surrounded by a stage and semicircular stone steps for public performances that are held. At its center there is the monument to the soldiers of the First World War.
The kiosk was built in 1889 by a foundry in Porto. The central plant is octagonal with flexible lines, it's in the heart of the garden and is the clearest example of architecture in nineteenth century iron. It was quite difficult to take pictures because it's used as a store of goods in the basement and gardening implements.
There's an incredible amount of places to visit in Tavira, which is one of the most beautiful areas of Portugal. One of the main attractions in Tavira is the Castelo, an medieval Islamic fortress dating back to the first half of the 12th century, during the Islamic and Muslim occupation in the Iberian peninsula. More Tavira attractions include visiting the Ermida de São Sebastião, the Igreja de São José do Espirito Santo Hospital and the Tower.
In addition to sightseeing, there are more things to do in Tavira like walking along the Rua da Liberdade or relaxing with a drink at the Republic Square on the banks of river Gilao. In that area you will find many restaurants, shops, and places where you can attend Portuguese 'fado' music concerts or experience other Tavira activities. One of the best things to see in Tavira is the anchor cemetery, which is filled with rusted anchors belonging to old fishing vessels.
The different things to see in Tavira demonstrate the beauty of the Portuguese land and culture, including the vibrant music and culinary scenes. On Minube you can learn about all the different stuff to do in Tavira and read stories written by fellow travelers.